Capture of 22-metre transatlantic narco-sub marks new era in war on drugs

  Spanish authorities recently captured a 22-metre submarine after its three crewmen transported US$121-million worth of cocaine 7,700 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean from Colombia, then scuttled it and ran. It’s the biggest narcotics submarine ever found, and the first confirmed to have transported drugs from the Americas to Europe, signalling what experts have characterized as...
  • U.S. has spent $5.9 trillion on wars since 9/11, report says

    September 18, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The United States has spent $5.9 trillion on wars that have killed 480,000 people since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says a new report. More than 244,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting, which has created 21 million refugees and displaced persons,...
  • Warbirds then and now

    September 11, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Warbirds of every shape and size were on display at the 2019 Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Air Show on Sept 6-8. Here are a few: Click on photos to...
  • Head of new U.S. Space Command touts allied co-operation

    September 6, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The head of the newly created U.S. Space Command has emphasized touting co-operation among allies, including Canada, in his first news conference since his appointment. “Historically, we haven’t needed to have allies in space,” General Jay Raymond said last week at the Pentagon. With the...
  • On track, part 2

    August 28, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—314 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch,...
  • On track, part 1

    August 22, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—314 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch,...
  • The last words Betty Metcalfe’s brother Jack ever spoke to her still haunt her almost 80 years later. It was 1940 and the Metcalfe family of Glace Bay, N.S.—mother, father, their two girls and two boys—had just spent their last Christmas together. Betty and her...
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